Mularkey considering offer to join Dolphins


Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
MIAMI - Former Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey has been offered the job as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, a person close to the discussions said Saturday.
Mularkey met with Dolphins coach Nick Saban, then flew home to Buffalo on Saturday to decide whether to accept the job, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the offer.
Scott Linehan, Saban's offensive coordinator last season, departed Thursday to become coach of the St. Louis Rams.
Mularkey, a native of Fort Lauderdale and a former star at the University of Florida, unexpectedly resigned last week after going 5-11 in his second season with the Bills. He had three years left on his contract.
His resignation came after the Bills fired five assistant coaches and owner Ralph Wilson shook up his front office, hiring Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy as general manager.
A former NFL tight end, Mularkey spent 10 years as an NFL assistant, including three as the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator, before becoming the Bills' head coach.
Buffalo went 14-18 and ranked 25th and 28th in offense in two seasons under Mularkey, but he helped the Steelers' offense twice rank in the top five. Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox had their best seasons at quarterback under Mularkey.
Linehan helped the Dolphins improve from 29th in total offense in 2004 to 14th last season. Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said the team had no comment on the search for a replacement.
A woman answering the phone at Mularkey's house said he was unavailable.
n BROWNS: Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson has been promoted to assistant head coach Saturday.
"Jeff will add to his current role by assisting me with any overflow duties that might arise," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement. "Hopefully, this position will further Jeff's career down the road and help the Cleveland Browns in the immediate future."
Davidson worked last season to bring continuity to a Browns offensive line that included free agents Joe Andruzzi, Cosey Coleman and L.J. Shelton, along with returning starters Jeff Faine and right tackle Ryan Tucker.
Davidson has been an assistant coach for 12 seasons. He joined the Browns after working as an assistant in New England for eight seasons.
The Akron native was a four-year letterman at Ohio State and earned All-Big Ten honors before being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1990. He played four seasons in the NFL with Denver and New Orleans.

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